This man will help you get out of expensive medical bills
by Emma Court
Posted April 11, 2019
As the father of four sports-playing children, David Silverstein has long grappled with the high cost of hospital care. “There’s always a bill for something,” he said, laughing.
But something changed years ago when he received an emergency room bill for his then-high school-aged daughter, Kailey. The total came to $12,000, but Silverstein’s portion came in just under $1,000. Despite a background in health care — Silverstein has worked with hospitals and insurance companies for years through his management consulting business — he was flummoxed by the math. The 92% discount may have benefited him, but it also seemed arbitrary and confusing, he said.
But after he paid the bill, he couldn’t get the hospital to respond to his questions. So he decided not to make that mistake again. More…
Most hospitals, including the so called non-profits do not publish their costs for procedures and services leaving people in the dark about what their health care will cost them.
Consider how you would react if you went to any other business and they would not tell you how much their products or services would cost. Why do we tolerate this from hospitals?
Philadelphia sues JPMorgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, others for overcharges on city borrowing
by Joseph N. DiStefano and Erin Arvedlund
Posted April 10, 2019
Philadelphia has sued seven of the largest Wall Street investment banks, alleging conspiracy to force the city and other local-government and nonprofit borrowers to pay “billions of dollars in inflated interest rates” on variable-rate municipal bonds from 2008 to 2016.
The city’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, accuses Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Canada, Wells Fargo and several affiliates of costing cities and public agencies, colleges and hospitals “billions” in extra interest payments. More…
The big Wall Street bank interest and fee charges are doubling the costs of public projects to schools, cities, counties, and Washington, much like interest charges double the cost of a home mortgage.
Why not use public banks to eliminate the Wall Street middlemen and fund public projects at zero to little interest?
Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion
by Randi Nord
Posted April 9, 2019
Although the source of the document is Israeli and created in partnership with Washington, no one knows who presented it to Aoun. The Lebanese TV station, Al-Jadeed, initially reported the document on Lebanese TV and a video on its website.
The document details American plans to splinter the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, a domestic institution separate from the Lebanese Army. The plans involve Washington investing 200 million dollars into the Internal Security Forces (ISF) under the guise of keeping the peace but with the covert goal of creating sectarian conflict against Hezbollah with 2.5 million specifically dedicated to this purpose.
The document states the ultimate goal is to destabilize the country by creating a civil war in Lebanon which will “help Israel on the international scene.” The United States and Israel plan to accomplish this by supporting “democratic forces,” sounding remarkably similar to the same strategy used in Syria, Libya, Venezuela, and elsewhere. More…
The list of documented false flags by nations, law enforcement, and spy agencies is a long one, and here we have another example of more planned false flags in an effort to foment anger, fear, and strife.
How many other “incidents” in the past were used to divide the people and to get them to fight among themselves? Consider this question the next time you feel anger towards a person or group because of something you have read. Where did this story originate? Who is disseminating this story and who benefits from the divisions being sowed?
If you want privacy you need to run Linux
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Posted April 9, 2019
I recently bashed Windows for being too darn snoopy, but you know what? It’s not just Windows. Ever since Yosemite came out, Apple’s MacOS has been just as untrustworthy. As for Chrome OS, Android and iOS, come on! They’re all built around cloud services; by design, they share everything you do with third-party services. What’s the answer? Desktop Linux.
With President Trump considering asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, wanting cryptographic back doors, I think privacy is more important than ever.
If privacy really matters to you, you need an operating system that doesn’t broadcast your moves to the World Wide Web. For all practical purposes, that means desktop Linux. More…
Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted April 8, 2019
Don’t you think something is fishy when the presstitutes orchestrate a fake news “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela, but totally ignore the real humanitarian crises in Yemen and Gaza?
Don’t you think something is really very rotten when the expert, Alfred Maurice de Zayas, sent by the UN to Venezuela to evaluate the situation finds no interest by any Western media or any Western government in his report?
Don’t you think it is a bit much for Washington to steal $21 billion of Venezuela’s money, impose sanctions in an effort to destabilize the country and to drive the Venezuelan government to its knees, blame Venezuelan socialism (essentially nationalization of the oil company) for bringing “starvation to the people,” and offer a measly $21 million in “humanitarian aid.” More…
Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren’t
by Nomi Prins
Posted April 7, 2019
Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that’s hiding in plain sight. And this phenomenon of ever more concentrated wealth and power has both Newtonian and Darwinian components to it.
In terms of Newton’s first law of motion: those in power will remain in power unless acted upon by an external force. Those who are wealthy will only gain in wealth as long as nothing deflects them from their present course. As for Darwin, in the world of financial evolution, those with wealth or power will do what’s in their best interest to protect that wealth, even if it’s in no one else’s interest at all. More…
In the present moment in a country that still claims equal opportunity for its citizens, one in which three Americans now have as much wealth as the bottom half of society (160 million people)
As the wealth gap continues to grow, what will be the consequences when the middle class is no longer a buffer between the haves and thed have nots?
The False Assumptions Of Science
by Gregg Braden
Posted April 6, 2019
Although the revolution in the way we think of ourselves began nearly 100 years ago, it may not have been recognized by average people going about their daily routine. The change that it brings to our fast-paced lives of day planners, Internet relationships, and reality TV is happening on such a subtle level that few people may have even noticed that it’s begun.
You probably haven’t read about it in the morning newspaper, for example. It’s unlikely that the question of “reality” has been the topic of conversation in your weekly staff meetings or at the office water cooler . . . that is, unless you’re a scientist working to understand the nature of that reality. More…
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